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I have 209 total cholesterol: 134 LDL, 56 HDL, 90 Trig. Would intro of flaxseed oil or fish oil help lower my LDL? I do exercise and try to eat well

I have 209 total cholesterol: 134 LDL, 56 HDL, 90 Trig. Would intro of flaxseed oil or fish oil help lower my LDL? I do exercise and try to eat well

A Low dose: Statin would be more effective than any dietary supplement. Rosuvastatin 5mg daily would result in excellent improvement with very little risk of side effects or expense. In addition you would get all the additional beneficial effects of statin use. ...Read more

Dr. William Cromwell
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Ldl (Definition)

LDL, or low density lipoprotein, is a molecule in the body that transports lipids (fats) from the liver to other organs in the body. Because LDL cholesterol can get deposited in blood vessels which leads to cardiovascular disease, LDL cholesterol is ...Read more


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I have 209 total cholesterol: 134 LDL, 56 HDL, 90 Trig. Will intro. Of daily fish oil supplement help lower my total cholesterol levels? Thank you!

I have 209 total cholesterol: 134 LDL, 56 HDL, 90 Trig. Will intro. Of daily fish oil supplement help lower my total cholesterol levels? Thank you!

Total cholesterol: Please do what your doc says but I see no reason at all to lower your cholesterol. High quality marine fish oil is good for lots of things and will lower your trig. Which are already fine. If cholesterol goes too low there can be problems. Just enjoy what you have. Peace and good health. Please don't go low fat w/diet and please do eat eggs. ...Read more

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How do I lower LDL cholesterol?

How do I lower LDL cholesterol?

Lower LDL: Ldl, your bad cholesterol is affected by genetics and diet. You can improve your diet by becoming more plant based since animal fat can increase LDL as well as sugar! . So try to get 5-7 veggies/fruits per day, eat lean protein only with no skin (grilled, baked or broiled), decrease dairy since that is also animal fat, and stop all processed and refined sugar. It can increase your LDL by 25%. ...Read more

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How can you lower bad LDL cholesterol?

How can you lower bad LDL cholesterol?

Always diet and: Exercise is best answer, then statins. Statins have certain toxicities and unpleasantness and dosage can be reduced somewhat with the triglyceride lowering drug vascepa which also lowers LDL cholesterol. ...Read more

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How do I lower my LDL cholesterol at 20?

How do I lower my LDL cholesterol at 20?

Eat better: Ldl, your bad cholesterol is affected by genetics and diet. You can improve your diet by becoming more plant based since animal fat can increase LDL as well as sugar! . So try to get 5-7 veggies/fruits per day, eat lean protein only with no skin (grilled, baked or broiled), decrease dairy since that is also animal fat, and stop all processed and refined sugar. It can increase your LDL by 25%! ...Read more

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Could you lower LDL cholesterol four points in one week?

Lipids: The LDL lab test could vary that much by itself so a change of that little between two measurements doesn't mean much. ...Read more

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Are there certain foods that will lower LDL cholesterol? |

Plant sterols/stanol: Ldl cholesterol can be lowered by consuming foods enriched with plant sterol/stannol esters (eg. Margarines benecol or promise activ). One study showed up to14% drop in LDL over 3 months. ...Read more

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What is the definition or description of: LDL cholesterol?

What is the definition or description of: LDL cholesterol?

Low density lipoprot: Low density lipoprotein (ldl) is one of the major forms of lipoproteins (combination of protein and lipids) that allow for transport of lipids and cholesterol in the body and blood. Higher levels are associated with increase in cardiovascular disease. ...Read more

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How can you know if you need to lower your LDL cholesterol?

How can you know if you need to lower your LDL cholesterol?

Blood test: By doing a blood test to check for cholesterol level, if you have a high cholestrol you should start finding ways to lower it either by life style modification alone or combined with meds and this decision will be made when you discuss the test results with your doctor. ...Read more

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Do I need to fast before getting my LDL cholesterol checked?

Do I need to fast before getting my LDL cholesterol checked?

YES, FAST >12 hours: To get an accurate LDL cholesterol it is best to fast at least 12 hours. Drinking water is ok and necessary. Our office also allows 'black coffee' (no cream/sugar) hope that helps! ...Read more

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How long does it take for one to lower LDL cholesterol levels?

LDL: Usually 6 weeks by medication ; possibly longer with lifestyle modification (3-6 months). ...Read more

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What to do if I'm 25 and my LDL is 186 and cholesterol is 263?

What to do if I'm 25 and my LDL is 186 and cholesterol is 263?

Lifestyle, meds: Make sincere lifestyle / diet changes, and discuss medication options with your doctor.

You may not suffer the negative effects of this level ldl for years, but if / when you do - it could be devastating.

Do not pretend that you are Superman - it will catch up with you, and it won't be pretty.

Best Wishes! ...Read more

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My LDL cholesterol, vldl chol ratio is high. Are these related?

My LDL cholesterol, vldl chol ratio is high. Are these related?

Yes and No: Vldl (very low density cholesterol) is made in the liver, and contains both triglycerides (tg's) and cholesterol (more tg's than cholesterol). Ldl is made in the blood stream from vldl, and contains more cholesterol, less tg's. Both have a protein called apob on the surface, but because LDL lasts longer, there is more LDL available. Both can cause plaque in arteries if levels are too high. ...Read more

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Should I be concerned if my cholesterol is 218 and my LDL is 140?

Should I be concerned if my cholesterol is 218 and my LDL is 140?

Mildly: A total cholesterol of 218 is mildly elevated and a LDL is borderline elevated if you have no other risk factors for heart disease like a BP over 140/90, a HDL under 45, smoking, or diabetes. If you don't have these risk factors the primary therapy is diet and exercise. ...Read more

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Why is my LDL cholesterol still high when I try to do everything right?

Why is my LDL cholesterol still high when I try to do everything right?

Fix causes, diet, meds: The first step is to determine why the LDL cholesterol is elevated. Several inherited and acquired medical conditions will affect LDL levels. Second, if related conditions are identified I would treat those while also starting diet, exercise and lifestyle modifications. Third, medications can be used as needed to further lower LDL to reach levels appropriate for an individuals cardiovascular risk. ...Read more

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In what way could LDL cholesterol be important or even vital for the body?

In what way could LDL cholesterol be important or even vital for the body?

Cellular survival: Cholesterol, including ldl, is needed to make up the cell-membrane, keeping it flexible/alive. Cholesterol is also needed to make sex hormones, among many other substances in the body. So, we do need cholesterol for our body cells to live--all cells. Thus, without it, we won't be blogging. Too much is a bad thing, so keep cholesterol to <200 if you can. Consult your doc. Good luck. ...Read more

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44 year old man, LDL cholesterol 180. Other params healthy. Possible to reduce LDL without drugs?

44 year old man, LDL cholesterol 180. Other params healthy. Possible to reduce LDL without drugs?

Exercise: LDL can be lowered with diet and exercise. At that level, without any other medical problems, nonsmoking, no family members with heart disease, it is not unreasonable to do a trial of diet and exercise, but it will take a lot of work. If you have any other issues or family with heart disease, medication is warranted. Diet should be low carb, exercise should be cardio 4-5x/week. ...Read more

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Can you tell me if you have high LDL levels of cholesterol. What can you do to reduce it. Please help?

Can you tell me if you have high LDL levels of cholesterol. What can you do to reduce it. Please help?

Life style and meds: Engaging in vigorous exercise, at least 150 minute/week is the best approach. Reduce intake of saturated fats. If you smoke, quit, if you are overweight, lose weight. Do this for at least six months and retest. If that does not work you should see your doctor to see if medication may be needed. See this site for more info:
http://www. Mayoclinic. Com/health/hdl-cholesterol/cl00030. ...Read more

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My LDL cholesterol is 151 mg/dl does it poses any risk. What can I do to rdduce my cholesterol levels?

My LDL cholesterol is 151 mg/dl does it poses any risk. What can I do to rdduce my cholesterol levels?

Eventually: With no risk factors we recommend under 130 although less than 160 has been acceptable. The problem is when you develop risk such as hypertension, the effect of deposition of cholesterol is already there. So better to reduce it to less than 100 by diet, less fatty and fried food or look for mediterranean diet and variation of it. Exercise with rapid or power walking or swimming is good. ...Read more

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Ldl cholesterol -143, the ref value given was upto 120. (i was not fasting) is it some thing to worry?

Ldl cholesterol -143, the ref value given was upto 120. (i was not fasting) is it some thing to worry?

Depends on: Your family history and other risk factors, such as triglycerides, obesity, smoking, diabetes, and HDL level. You need to discuss this with your doctor for specific recommendation. ...Read more

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Food to help lower LDL, Food to completely avoid. No need for a lesson about cholesterol please, just eat this not that?

Food to help lower LDL, Food to completely avoid. No need for a lesson about cholesterol please, just eat this not that?

Not the key: Despite all the "pop" talk, diet is not the key to managing high LDL cholesterol. It's mostly genetic, and the decision as to whether to medicate should be made judiciously. Limit very-high cholesterol foods, and prepare for a welter of contradictory studies -- some very poor-quality -- about omega-3's, saturated fat, and so forth. Aerobic exercise will help you far more than food choices. ...Read more

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Two months back I had normal cholesterol levels. LDL was 60. Today when I checked LDL is 210. How is this possible? Can it be a miscalculation?

Fasting vs. Not: LDL is very sensitive not only to fasting while the sample is taking, but how long the fasting 6 hours, vs. 8 hours, vs. 12 hours could make a difference in the level.
second it is so sensitive the kind of meal you had before the test could affect the level.
if you want to compare apple to apple.
eat similar meal. Fast for 12 hours every time, and do it at the same labs. ...Read more

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My LDL cholesterol was 5.2 mmol/L (upper bound was 5.2 mmol/L as well). Yet I actually have a very low body fat. Should I worry about this at all?

My LDL cholesterol was 5.2 mmol/L (upper bound was 5.2 mmol/L as well). Yet I actually have a very low body fat. Should I worry about this at all?

HDL?: All laboratory results need to be interpreted in the clinical context and the doctor who ordered the tests is usually in the best position to do that. Having said that, your LDL is higher than desired, but if your HDL is also high that may protect you. For good health - Have a diet rich in fresh vegetables, fruits, whole grains, low fat milk and milk products, nuts, beans, legumes, lentils and small amounts of lean meats. Avoid saturated fats. Exercise at least 150 minutes/week and increase the intensity of exercise gradually. Do not use tobacco, alcohol, weed or street drugs in any form.
Practice safe sex. ...Read more

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How to lower bad cholesterol LDL easily?

How to lower bad cholesterol LDL easily?

Diet, medications: Statins (prescription medications) are the most potent way to lower cholesterol quickly. Certain dietary changes can also lower cholesterol:
1.) high fiber diet
2.) low saturated and trans fat diets
3.) high monounsaturated fats (nuts, avacodo, olive oils, etc)
4.) plant sterols/stanols. ...Read more